Black Water: An American Opera

Black Water: An American Opera

Based on National Book Award-winner Joyce Carol Oates’ novella about the Chappaquiddick scandal, this tragic and beautiful opera enthralls as a handsome senator uses his power to enchant, seduce, and carelessly destroy. Composed by John Duffy with libretto by Joyce Carol Oates.

An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:

David Lee Brewer as Lucius Smith
Reid Bruton as Roy Annick
Stephanie Buckley as Buffy St. John
Karen Burlingame as Kelly Kelleher
Kimberly Graham as Jenny O’Brien
Linda Kerns as Michelle Ravel
Erin Langston as Sarah O’Connor
Patrick Mason as The Senator
John Savarese as Dwight Murphy
Rob Shacklett as Graeme Winthrop

Original music performed by Alan Johnson on the piano, Linda Wang on the violin, and Stanley Sharp on the cello.

Directed by Gordon Hunt. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in July of 1998.

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David Lee Brewer, Reid Bruton, Stephanie Buckley, Karen Burlingame, Kimberly Graham, Linda Kerns, Erin Langston, Patrick Mason, John Savarese, Rob Shacklett


composer John Duffy, libretto by Joyce Carol Oates

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978 1 58081 118 7

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